Cost Estimating – Why Haven’t We Gotten Better?

Cost Estimating – Why Haven’t We Gotten Better?


Mr. Scott Patton, PMP, OPM3 Professional

Director of Program Support Services
ALON, Inc.

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Event Location

Federal Aviation Administration, Bessie Coleman Conference Room
800 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC, 20591

Agenda and Cost:
  • 11:30 am: Networking begins
  • 12:00 – 1:00 pm: Program
  • Keynote Speaker: Scott Patton

Cost estimates are a key piece of government acquisition programs.  Estimating best practices have been identified and numerous guides have been developed.  But programs continue to experience cost overruns.  So why haven’t we gotten better at cost estimating?  This presentation will look at the challenges in developing estimates, key principles to cost estimating, and strategies to consider in developing reliable and sustainable estimates. 

Special Instructions: 

This Session is free of charge. Pre-registration is required.

Please note that attendees who do not have an FAA/DOT badge must enter the building on the Independence Avenue side

PDUs Available: 
1.00 PDUs for Certified PMs

About the Speaker

Mr. Scott Patton, PMP, OPM3 Professional

ALON, Inc.
Director of Program Support Services

Mr. Patton has over 25 years of extensive experience in technical project management and risk management.  He specializes in assessing and improving portfolio, program, and project management capabilities including developing and implementing policies, standards, and processes, and identifying and applying tools and practices.  He is the Director of Program Support Services at ALON, Inc., where he is providing support to ALON’s service delivery by implementing management processes and practices for the effective and efficient delivery and management of consulting services and by assisting ALON’s federal government clients in the development of PMO’s for the effective management of information technology investments.
He is also an adjunct professor at Georgetown University where he developed and is currently delivering courses for a Project Management Certificate program.  The program is designed to provide students with an understanding on how processes, people, and practices are used to deliver projects.  

Mr. Patton is a PMI certified PMP and an Organizational Project Management Maturity Model (OPM3) Professional.  He supported the development of the OPM3 ProductSuite tool and assessment methodology, led the pilot OPM3 assessment for PMI, and was an initial member of PMI’s OPM3 Advisory Group. 

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